Labor Day has past, and with it goes days spent sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and waterskiing on Utah Lake. But you can still enjoy the state’s largest freshwater lake without a boat. Try one of these activities to be at the lake without actually getting in it:
1. Get on your bike
There are tons of paved trails ideal for biking that lead to and around Utah Lake. Try the Provo River Parkway Trail, which starts at Utah Lake State Park and stretches 15 miles to Vivian Park in Provo Canyon.
2. Take a hike
Lace up your shoes and explore one of the lake’s aforementioned trails on foot or blaze your own trail for an off-road experience.
3. Pack a picnic
Assemble your favorite lunch or dinner to-go and try one of the many covered or open-air picnic tables around the lake. For instance, Pelican Bay Marina is a favorite spot for dining al fresco.
4. Watch for birds
Utah Lake is reportedly home to some of the best bird-watching sites in the state. Favorite spots among birders include Spanish Fork Delta, Hobble Creek Delta and Lincoln Beach.
5. Pitch a tent (or pull an RV)
Year-round camping is available at Utah Lake State Park, where the amenities include restrooms, water and RV sites. Reserve a site online at ReserveAmerica.com.
6. Snap a photo
Grab your digital SLR camera (or just use the built-in camera on your smartphone) and head down to the lake for a photo shoot. The scenery is perfect for family photos, or you can try your hand at photographing wildlife, nature or landscapes.
7. Go off-roading
The west and southwest sides of Utah Lake offer ideal off-roading terrain without the crowds.
8. Take a drive
American Fork, Provo and Nebo Canyons aren’t the only scenic places in Utah Valley for a Sunday drive. Enjoy cruising U.S. Highway 68 around Utah Lake, and stop at the many lookout points to stretch your legs and read up on lake history.
9. Go fish
Fish year-round at Utah Lake, where you can catch channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bullhead and several species of freshwater panfish. In the warmer months, you can fish at one of the five marinas around the lake and at many other spots. In the winter, ice fishing is popular.
10. Get historic
Stop by the Utah Lake visitor’s center to see a display of mounted fish, American Indian arrowheads and grinding stones, dozens of historic photos and artifacts from throughout the lake’s history.